Redfin’s Scholarship Winner Examines Community in Tucson, Arizona

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The Redfin Scholarship is a way for Redfin to help students on their journey through higher education. The scholarship application period occurs twice yearly with awards given to a student in both the spring and fall. Here is the student essay that won the 2017 fall scholarship. Congrats Emma Derstine! Essay Prompt: The place (or places) where we were raised often … Read More

6 Steps for Preparing Your Home for Winter

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The winter months can be cruel on your home no matter where you live. Gusting winds can batter plants. A snowstorm could stress an older home’s roof. Even a few days of heavy January rain could wreak havoc on clogged gutters and downspouts. Whether you’re looking to sell your home or you just want to keep your house intact this … Read More

Here’s the #1 Reason It’s so Hard to Find an Affordable Home

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Migration Patterns Show More People Leaving Politically Blue Counties

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In the first half of 2017, more people moved from blue (Democratic) counties to red (Republican) counties than from red to blue counties, according to data on Redfin.com user searches. Counties were classified as “blue” if the Democratic candidate for 2016 won by more than 20 percentage points and vice versa for “red” counties.1 Overall, 7.4 percent more people moved … Read More

13 Cities That Will Scare You Silly This Halloween

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In case you haven’t noticed, people have a crazy obsession with fall. From partaking in pumpkin-spiced everything to busting out beloved cableknit sweaters, many people believe there’s no better time of year than when the leaves turn rich shades of red and orange and the air becomes crisp. One of the best reasons to rejoice when autumn graces us with … Read More

Time to Renovate the Mortgage Interest Deduction

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The lack of affordable housing in America’s fast growing cities is reaching epic proportions as more and more families are being priced out of homeownership .  In 2012, a middle class family could afford 44 percent of the homes for sale. By 2016, the share of affordable listings declined 12 percentage points to just 32 percent. This housing equality gap … Read More

The Top Places for #HappyHour

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Everyone loves a good happy hour. #HappyHour posts let people share their good times on social media, and may inspire others to get out there and enjoy themselves too. We wanted to find out where the most people posted about happy hours on Instagram, so we sorted through more than 4 million Instagram posts from 2010 to 2017 with the hashtag … Read More

The Public Markets Aren’t So Broken After All

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The New York Times recently published an overview of bold initiatives for Silicon Valley to bypass the traditional initial public offering . One idea was to create publicly traded shell companies for buying unicorns. Another was a new stock exchange that favors investors focused on long-term growth. The underlying premise that the public markets are flawed was taken as a given: … Read More